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Mark Neville: Deeds Not Words

Mark Neville - Deeds Not Words

2 Aug - 29 Sep 2013

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Ben Bursting a Balloon, 2011 © Mark Neville

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Ben Bursting a Balloon, 2011 © Mark Neville

Ben Bursting a Balloon, 2011 © Mark Neville

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Corby Carnival Queens go bowling, 2011 © Mark Neville

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Corby Carnival Queens go bowling, 2011 © Mark Neville

Corby Carnival Queens go bowling, 2011 © Mark Neville

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Adrenalin Alley, Weldon North Industrial Estate, 2011 ©

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Adrenalin Alley, Weldon North Industrial Estate, 2011 ©

Adrenalin Alley, Weldon North Industrial Estate, 2011 © Mark Neville

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Irn Bru Display, ASDA, Phoenix Park Way, 2011 © Mark Nev

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Irn Bru Display, ASDA, Phoenix Park Way, 2011 © Mark Nev

Irn Bru Display, ASDA, Phoenix Park Way, 2011 © Mark Neville

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Corby Highland Dancers Preparing for Competition, 2011,

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Corby Highland Dancers Preparing for Competition, 2011,

Corby Highland Dancers Preparing for Competition, 2011, © Mark Neville

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Frankie and Deano, Grampian Club, 2011 © Mark Neville

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Frankie and Deano, Grampian Club, 2011 © Mark Neville

Frankie and Deano, Grampian Club, 2011 © Mark Neville

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Rockafellas Nightclub, Princewood Court, 2011 © Mark Nev

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Rockafellas Nightclub, Princewood Court, 2011 © Mark Nev

Rockafellas Nightclub, Princewood Court, 2011 © Mark Neville

 Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Young Highland Dancers, Corby Highland Games, 2011 © Mar

Mark Neville, Deeds Not Words photograph - Young Highland Dancers, Corby Highland Games, 2011 © Mar

Young Highland Dancers, Corby Highland Games, 2011 © Mark Neville

INFO

Deeds Not Words is an experimental documentary and an urgent intervention. For 18 months Mark Neville photographed the town of Corby in Northamptonshire: its people, its culture and the effects of environmental pollution that led to several babies being born with serious birth defects.

Neville followed The Corby 16 as they fought, successfully, to indict the local council for negligent disposal of waste from the town’s steel mills, which had closed in the 1980s. In 2011 Neville produced a book comprised of his photographs, scientific findings and a summary of the case. This was not for sale, but was sent to each of the 433 local authorities in the UK and to environmental agencies internationally, to raise awareness of issues around the handling of toxic waste and the reuse of contaminated land.

The photographs present the community as a whole, not simply the families at the centre of the case. They show the persisting Scottish identity in the English town, even amongst third and fourth generation families, and various manifestations of beauty: young women at nightclubs, entrants in a beauty contest, children dressed for the town’s Highland Games. It’s a story of industrial growth and decline, regeneration and solidarity. Two boys involved in the court case, George Taylor and Ben Vissian, both born with fingers missing, are featured, surrounded by other members of their community whose lives have been shaped by some of the same socio-economic factors.

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